Preview: Keeler, Brighton Theatre Royal

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EVERYONE WHO REMEMBERS the 1960s, will remember the incident that probably sparked the adjective ‘swinging.’

‘Keeler’ – based on Christine Keeler’s 2001 autobiography ‘The Truth At Last,’ visits the Theatre Royal, Brighton for a week-long run from Monday to Saturday, November 7-12 with matinees on both Thursday and Saturday.

In 1963, the Secretary of State for War, John ‘Jack’ Profumo, was forced to resign when it was established that he had lied to the House of Commons about his relationship with a young showgirl, Christine Keeler.

Keeler had also been involved with a Russian naval attaché during her affair with Profumo.

The ensuing scandal and perceived threat to national security in part led to the resignation of Prime Minister Harold MacMillan and the suicide of Stephen Ward, who had introduced Keeler to Profumo.

Brought to the stage for the first time, the “Profumo Affair” was the biggest political scandal the country had known.

Paul Nicholas directs Keeler and also stars as character at the heart of the scandal, society osteopath and artist Stephen Ward.

Paul is best known for his performance as Vince in the BAFTA award-winning TV series Just Good Friends, for which he also received a BAFTA nomination.

Alice Coulthard stars at Christine Keeler. Alice is well known for her two-year role as “wild child” Maisie Wylde in ITV’s Emmerdale.

Box Office 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee), Groups Hotline 0844 871 7617, Access Bookings 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee) or www.atgtickets.com/brighton. Tickets £18 - £27.